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How We Built a Greenhouse for Under $200

Since we live in the North, we need a greenhouse to grow tomatoes, peppers and maybe some squash. Ours is not heated but we get great harvests every year.

Here's how we built our greenhouse for under $200.
We sited our greenhouse right on last years compost piles.  After getting the levels figured out, we built the outer frame.

A list of lumber material and sizes can be found here on our blog.
Checking for level, we added a wall of logs on the one side. Next up, the roof panels. These were made in two pieces, and you can see more about that on our website.
After the roof panels were in place, we stapled poly around the perimeter of the greenhouse. Lots of staples were used so the wind would not catch the plastic and rip it.

I did a little rockwork on the lower part of the front and added a rock flower bed around the one side.
Here's the result - we made a roll up door with weight at the bottom, so when the door is unrolled, it stays put. We have left the upper portions open so there is natural venting.

It was a two day project and ten years later, it is still standing.  Read more about how to do it here on the blog.

Scarlet Runner beans growing!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Wood   (Lumber store)
  • Poly (1 roll)   (Lumber store)
  • Nails and screws   (Lumber store)

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  • Christina Kamp
    Christina Kamp Tonkawa, OK
    on Mar 15, 2017

    This is super cool!

    • Annie
      Annie Canada
      on Mar 15, 2017

      We're happy it has been so durable, it turned out great

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Wow!! Looks great!

    • Annie
      Annie Canada
      on Mar 16, 2017

      We're glad we built it, we get a lot of use out of it every year.

  • Laura.YSG
    Laura.YSG Hartwell, GA
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Love it!

  • Karenguesford
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I can see what my next project's going to be. Out come the power tools, let's get this spring started!

  • Yofrendonna
    Yofrendonna Newport, MI
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I used to live in NY My dad always had a small greenhouse. this would easily work in my back yard. Do squirrels, rabbits and the like ever find their way in your greenhouse? Thanks for sharing! 😀

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